This is a bitter-sweet entry onto the list thanks to the news that 2015 winner Nick Tandy – along with team-mates Nico Hulkenberg and Earl Bamber – won’t be able to hook up to defend their 2015 win in LMP1.
The crew of first-time winners has missed out thanks to Porsche’s drop to a two-car entry.
Despite our outcry at the lack of the defending champions – in the top class at least – the event will still be one of the best of the year. Last year the frontrunning entries from Audi, Toyota and Porsche all finished the marathon event, a testament to the engineering genius behind LMP1.
The 84th running of the event will increase from 56 to 58 cars, with one very intriguing entry in particular.
The new Ford GT – run by American team Chip Ganassi Racing – will make its Le Mans debut in the LMGTE class.
Although it isn’t quite the blank cheque operation of the 1960s, be certain that no corner will be cut on the marque’s return, 50 years after a Le Mans 1-2-3.